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  • Springsteen Pays Tribute

    Posted by Mike DuBord

     

     

     

     

     

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — New Jersey rocker Bruce Springsteen says his home state will rebound from the devastation wrought by Superstorm Sandy.

    During a stop at the Jordan Center on the Penn State campus Thursday, Springsteen also thanked New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for "doing a fine job" of taking care of citizens. He lauded police, firefighters and other first responders.

    Springsteen then launched into an extended, heart-wrenching rendition of his song "My City of Ruins."

    His legion of dedicated fans roared back with reverent approval, most of them acquiescing to Springsteen when he signaled for quiet as the lights dimmed at one point, as if requesting a moment of silence.

    His shirt soaked with sweat just a half-hour into the show, Springsteen said he and his E Street Band feel a strong connection to New Jersey wherever they are.

    "It's so hard to see those businesses ... be washed away by the storm last week," Springsteen said.

    Several fans on the floor among a crowd of at least 12,500 held up signs referencing the damage along the Jersey shore.

    "Greetings from Belmar, N.J. Sandy left my city in ruins," read one sign.

    "Jersey strong," read another sign.

    Springsteen also made several other references to the storm during the show. He said he hoped Asbury Park, N.J. — the city where he cut his musical teeth in the early days — would recover from Sandy's wake much quicker than the 25 years it took for the coastal town to rally from earlier hard times.

    During a line from the second song of the night, "Wrecking Ball," Springsteen paused for at least a minute following the line "Now my home is on the Jersey shore."

    At another point he held up a sign handed to him by a fan. "Never forget, 4th of July, Asbury Park."

    "There you go," Springsteen told the crowd, "we can't let a hurricane get rid of that one."

    On Wednesday, Springsteen and the E Street Band performed in the upstate New York town of Rochester, a concert that had been postponed from Tuesday because of travel difficulties caused by the storm.

    "We're a band you can't separate from the Jersey shore," Springsteen said during that show.

    As the band played "My City of Ruins," Springsteen also dedicated the song to Asbury Park, which along with other communities was hit hard by flooding, power outages and damage.

    "There's just been terrible disruption all along the coast we grew up on," said Springsteen as he paced back and forth across the stage.

    Springsteen will join NBC's planned benefit concert Friday for victims of the storm.

  • Toby Keith, Tim Mcgraw And Kenny Chesney Early CMA Winners On GMA

    Posted by Mike DuBord

     

    Image courtesy of Country Music Association/ABC (via ABC News Radio)

                            Image courtesy of Country Music Association/ABC (via ABC News Radio)                        

    The CMA Awards don't take place until tonight, but we already know the winners in two categories.  Toby Keith , along with Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw , were revealed as the winners in the Music Video of the Year and Music Event of the Year categories, respectively, on today's   Good Morning America .

    Toby won for his "Red Solo Cup" video, while Kenny & Tim were rewarded for their "Feel Like a Rock Star" collaboration.

    Kenny & Tim beat out some particularly strong Musical Event competition that included the likes of Alan Jackson and the Zac Brown Band , for "Dixie Highway"; Willie Nelson , Snoop Dogg , Kris Kristofferson and Jamey Johnson for "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die"; Lionel Richie and Darius Rucker for "Stuck on You"; and Taylor Swift with The Civil Wars , for "Safe and Sound."  Toby's fellow nominees in the Music Video category included Kenny Chesney 's "Come Over," Miranda Lambert 's "Over You," "Pontoon" by Little Big Town , and Eric Church 's "Springsteen."

    The 46th Annual CMA Awards air tonight at 8:00 ET/7:00 CT, live on ABC.  Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley return as hosts.

    Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

  • 30 Seconds With Eric Church Who Has 5 Nominations

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    CMA Awards Fast Facts – 30 seconds with Eric Church

    Eric Church

    NOMINATIONS
    Male Vocalist, Album, Single, Song and Music Video of the Year

    Musical Influences
    AC/DC, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, John Prine

    Early Gig
    A local bar in Granite Falls, N.C. at age 16

    “Social” Scene
    Teaming up with TicketsForCharity.com for his latest tour, giving fans the opportunity to donate part of their purchase price to their favorite charity and his partnering cause, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

    BRIEF BIO
    Eric Church kicked off his “Blood, Sweat, and Beers” tour in 2012, including a sold-out stop at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena (home of the CMA Awards) with Brantley Gilbert. He has been named the outlaw rebel of Country Music. Songs like “Love Your Love the Most” and “Smoke a Little Smoke” gave a face to the singer, but songs like “Drink in My Hand” and “Springsteen” have made him a spark in Country.

    • Is a self-proclaimed child of rock, calling himself an “old school AC/DC rock-and-roll guy”
    • Released his first album, Sinners Like Me, in 2006
    • His latest album, Chief, debuted at No. 1 on the charts
  • Here Are The Nominees For CMA Awards

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    Nominees by Category

  • Thanksgiving's Coming. Let's Start With an Appetizer.

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    Ingredients

    • 16 extra-large white mushrooms
    • 5 tablespoons good olive oil, divided
    • 2 1/2 tablespoons Marsala wine or medium sherry
    • 3/4 pound sweet Italian sausage, removed from the casings
    • 6 scallions, white and green parts, minced
    • 2 garlic cloves minced
    • 2/3 cup panko crumbs
    • 5 ounces mascarpone cheese, preferably from Italy
    • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan
    • 2 1/2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley leaves
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

    Directions

    Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

     

    Remove the stems from the mushrooms and chop them finely. Set aside. Place the mushroom caps in a shallow bowl and toss with 3 tablespoons of the olive oil and Marsala. Set aside.

     

    Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the sausage, crumbling it with the back of a wooden spoon. Cook the sausage for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until it's completely browned. Add the chopped mushroom stems and cook for 3 more minutes. Stir in the scallions and garlic and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the panko crumbs, stirring to combine evenly with all the other ingredients. Finally, swirl in the mascarpone and continue cooking until the mascarpone has melted and made the sausage mixture creamy. Off the heat, stir in the Parmesan, parsley, and season with salt and pepper, to taste, Cool slightly.

     

    Fill each mushroom generously with the sausage mixture. Arrange the mushrooms in a baking dish large enough to hold all the mushrooms in a snug single layer. Bake until the stuffing for 50 minutes, until the stuffing is browned and crusty

  • The "Perfect Storm"

    Posted by Mike DuBord
    A car goes through the high water as Hurricane Sandy bears down on the East Coast, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, in Ocean City, Md. Governors from North Carolina, where steady rains were whipped by gusting winds Saturday night, to Connecticut declared states of emergency. Delaware ordered mandatory evacuations for coastal communities by 8 p.m. Sunday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

     

    Associated Press/Alex Brandon - A car goes through the high water as Hurricane Sandy bears down on the East Coast, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, in Ocean City, Md. Governors from North Carolina, where steady rainsmore were whipped by gusting winds Saturday night, to Connecticut declared states of emergency. Delaware ordered mandatory evacuations for coastal communities by 8 p.m. Sunday.

    KENSINGTON, Md. (AP) — The projected storm surge from Hurricane Sandy is a "worst case scenario" with devastating waves and tides predicted for the highly populated New York City metro area, government forecasters said Sunday.

    The more they observe it, the more the experts worry about the water — which usually kills and does more damage than winds in hurricanes.

    In this case, seas will be amped up by giant waves and full-moon-powered high tides. That will combine with drenching rains, triggering inland flooding as the hurricane merges with a winter storm system that will worsen it and hold it in place for days.

    Louis Uccellini, environmental prediction chief for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, told The Associated Press that given Sandy's due east-to-west track into New Jersey, that puts the worst of the storm surge just north in New York City, Long Island and northern New Jersey. "Yes, this is the worst case scenario," he said.

    In a measurement of pure kinetic energy, NOAA's hurricane research division on Sunday ranked the surge and wave "destruction potential" for Sandy — just the hurricane, not the hybrid storm it will eventually become — at 5.8 on a 0 to 6 scale. The damage expected from winds will be far less, experts said. Weather Underground meteorologist Jeff Masters says that surge destruction potential number is a record and it's due to the storm's massive size.

    "You have a lot of wind acting over a long distance of water for hundreds of miles" and that piles the storm surge up when it finally comes ashore, Masters said. Even though it doesn't pack much power in maximum wind speed, the tremendous size of Sandy — more than 1,000 miles across with tropical storm force winds — adds to the pummelling power when it comes ashore, he said.

     

    The storm surge energy numbers are bigger than the deadly 2005 Hurricane Katrina, but that can be misleading. Katrina's destruction was concentrated in a small area, making it much worse, Masters said. Sandy's storm surge energy is spread over a wider area. Also, Katrina hit a city that is below sea level and had problems with levees.

    National Hurricane Center Director Rick Knabb said Hurricane Sandy's size means some coastal parts of New York and New Jersey may see water rise from 6 to 11 feet from surge and waves. The rest of the coast north of Virginia can expect 4 to 8 feet of surge.

    The full moon Monday will add 2 to 3 inches to the storm surge in New York, Masters said.

    "If the forecasts hold true in terms of the amount of rainfall and the amount of coastal flooding, that's going to be what drives up the losses and that's what's going to hurt," said Susan Cutter, director of the hazards and vulnerability research institute at the University of South Carolina.

    Cutter said she worries about coastal infrastructure, especially the New York subways, which were shutting down Sunday night.

    Klaus Jacob, a Columbia University researcher who has advised the city on coastal risks, said, "We have to prepare to the extent we can, but I'm afraid that from a subway point of view, I think it's beyond sheer preparations. I do not think that there's enough emergency measures that will help prevent the subway from flooding."

    Knabb said millions of people may be harmed by inland flooding.

     

    A NOAA map of inland and coastal flood watches covers practically the entire Northeast: all of Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware, and Connecticut; most of Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts and Vermont, and parts of northeastern Ohio, eastern Virginia, North Carolina, and western New Hampshire.

    Along the mid-Atlantic coast, storm surge is already starting to build, Uccellini said. NOAA's Coastal Services Center chief Margaret Davidson said to expect "bodacious impacts" from both surge and inland flooding.

    The surge — in which water steadily increases from the ocean— will be worst in the areas north of where Sandy comes ashore.

    New York will have the most intense storm surge if Sandy comes ashore anywhere in New Jersey, Uccellini said. Only if it arrives farther south, such as Delaware, will New York see a slightly, only slightly, smaller storm surge.

    In general, areas to the south and west of landfall will get the heaviest of rains. Some areas of Delaware and the Maryland and Virginia peninsula will see a foot of rain over the several days the storm parks in the East, Uccellini said. The rest of the mid-Atlantic region may see closer to 4 to 8 inches, NOAA forecasts.

    The good news about inland flooding is that the rivers and ground aren't as saturated as they were last year when Hurricane Irene struck, causing nearly $16 billion in damage, much of it from inland flooding in places like Vermont, Uccellini and Masters said.

    The storm, which threatens roughly 50 million in the eastern third of the country, began as three systems. Two of those — an Arctic blast from the north and a normal winter storm front with a low-pressure trough— have combined. Hurricane Sandy will meld with those once it comes ashore, creating a hybrid storm with some of the nastier characteristics of a hurricane and a nor'easter, experts have said

  • California Surfer Killed By Shark. Nice Place To Visit But...

    Posted by Mike DuBord
     
    Francisco Javier Solorio Jr., a 39-year-old surfer from Orcutt, California, was killed by a shark on Tuesday morning while surfing with his friend at Surf Beach, a remote surfing break on the Vandenberg Air Force Base.

    According to the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department, a friend of Solorio's was attempting first aid procedures when a crew from the nearby Vandenberg Air Force Base Fire Department arrived on scene. Sadly, his heroic efforts were in vain. Paramedics declared the victim dead on the beach.

    Tuesday's horrifying incident comes almost exactly two years after another fatal shark attack at Surf Beach. On October 22, 2010, the victim was Lucas Ransom, a 19-year-old bodyboarder who was attending college nearby.

    The secluded Surf Beach sits just north of Point Conception, a headland that separates the more pristine and wild Central California coastline from the packed and protected Southern California beaches. The allure for surfers is its seclusion from the morass of development that plagues much of the Southern California coast, and its exposure to more open-ocean swells that lead to bigger surf.

    Most shark attacks in California have taken place north of Point Conception. However, in 2008, Dave Martin, 66, was killed while swimming with a bunch of friends off the coast of Solana Beach in San Diego County while training for a triathlon. Martin was on the tail end of a group of swimmers when the shark made its fatal strike.

    In 2003, Deborah Franzman, 50, was killed while swimming off the coast of Avila Beach, roughly 40 miles north of Surf Beach. Franzman was known for swimming regularly with seals.

    According to the Department of Fish and Game, this is the 13th fatal shark attack in California since 1952.

  • Teen Grows Hair For Locks of Love...Gets Suspended

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    (Photo Courtesy: Robin Aufderheide)Zachary Aufderheide has run afoul of his Ohio high school's dress code because of his desire to grow his hair long enough to donate it to Locks of Love, an organization that provides wigs to needy children who've lost their hair because of medical problems.

    Zachary, 17, of Canton is about an inch away from the 10 inches of hair he needs to donate to the organization. Faced with an ultimatum, the Canton South High School junior decided to accept an in-school suspension rather than cut his ponytail.

    The minimum length of hair needed for a hairpiece is 10 inches, according the   Locks of Love website.

    Zachary said he is passionate about donating hair to the organization because he was picked on as a child and now wants to help sick children who might have lost their hair avoid the feelings he experienced when he was teased.

    (Photo Courtesy: Robin Aufderheide)"I was picked on so I know where they're coming from, I know how they feel so I sort of sympathize with them because I've been there," he said Monday.

    Zachary's mother, Robin, said she understood and respected the school's dress code, but wanted officials to make an exception in her son's case.

    She said her son went to a school board meeting in September, explained what he was doing and asked them to consider allowing him to reach his goal.

    She said board members came up to him after the meeting and commended his efforts, but said the board had voted to uphold the school's dress code, without giving him an explanation.

    The school's principal told her son he had until Monday to get his hair cut, she said.

    "And we didn't do it. We didn't do it. I measured it and he's got, oh, less than an inch to grow …," she said.

    The school's principal, Todd Osborn, has not replied to requests for comment placed by ABCNews.com as of this writing.

    Robin Aufderheide said she was surprised by the board's decision, but her son wasn't.

    "I feel pretty disappointed with their decision because, honestly, I really put a lot of heart and soul into my demonstration, like, my presentation of the idea to them, and then when they just all unanimously voted against it … it was just kind of heartbreaking to me," he said.

    According to the dress code in the Canton Local School District's student handbook, "Hair for male students shall be neat and clean and shall not be worn covering the eyes, in a ponytail, or extending beyond the bottom of the regular shirt collar."

    Zachary isn't sure what will happen after the two-day suspension ends, but says if he cut his hair before reaching his goal, "then, personally, that would be admitting defeat to them. It would be meaning that I would just give up on what I view as important to myself. So this is more or less like a battle of my morals and my values, really."

    After he donates his hair, he said, he'll be happy to maintain it at regulation length

  • Pregnant Mom Kicked Off Bus For Baby's Dirty Diaper

    Posted by Mike DuBord
     

    Pregnant Mom Kicked Off Bus Over Baby's Dirty Diaper

     

     

     

     

    A pregnant Seattle woman who was kicked off a city bus when her baby's dirty diaper was deemed to be a disturbance to other passengers has rejected an apology and may sue.

    "You don't just come out of nowhere and kick a mom off a bus with a sick child," Nichole Hakimian told local ABC affiliate KOMO.

    Hakimian says the problem she ran into this week as she took her sick 1-year-old son to the doctor took the stress of traveling with a baby to a whole new level.

    "He had just pooped in his diaper as soon as I got on [the bus]," she told ABC News.

    "Right after that, the bus driver told me to get off the bus," Hakimian said.  "I said, 'why is that?' She said, 'your baby … smells really bad. And it's not fair that we all have to smell that.'"

    The 4-month pregnant mom then exited to the bus, she says, still a mile and a half away from her baby's doctor.

    Seattle Metro opened an investigation into the incident and said the driver in question is a 9-year veteran employee with an excellent record, according to KOMO.

    "This is a very unique situation. Our goal is always to balance the comfort of all of our riders with providing good customer service," a spokesman said.  "The driver didn't violate Metro policy - she felt she had to advocate for her passengers by politely and apologetically asking the woman to exit the bus."

    Hakimian, however, says that statement is not enough.

    "You need disciplinary action, and I think they went about it the wrong way," she told KOMO. "When you do something wrong - no matter what it is, no matter what circumstance - you need to be punished for that."

    This isn't the first instance of a mom and a baby booted off public transportation just for the baby acting like a baby.

    Last year, video captured a Portland woman struggling with a crying baby in the back of a bus. The clip went viral after she was kicked off for making too much noise. The driver was reportedly disciplined.

    But who's really to blame when babies interrupt an innocent commuter's ride?

    "The baby was just being a baby, pooping or crying, and yet we're saying get off the bus," Melissa Lawrence, CEO of Cloudmom.com said. "So that's clearly intolerant